DFG Funding for Two Research Training Groups
20 December 2017
New RTG to research childhood trauma – second funding period for mathematical stochastics RTG
In the current approval round of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Heidelberg University garnered approval for two Research Training Groups (RTG), which are established to promote young researchers. A new RTG researching the effects of childhood trauma has been set up at the Central Institute for Mental Health with support from the Medical Faculties Heidelberg and Mannheim of Ruperto Carola. The DFG is providing nearly five million euros in funding for a period of four and a half years. Additionally, Research Training Group 1953, driven by scientists of Heidelberg University and the University of Mannheim focused on mathematical stochastics, has been approved for a second funding period.
The "Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Psychosocial and Somatic Conditions Across the Lifespan" RTG (2350) will focus on the neurobiological, somatic and psychosocial effects of childhood trauma. The training of doctoral researchers with a background in medicine, psychology, biology and related natural sciences will additionally benefit from the existing research networks on adverse childhood experiences (ACE). The spokesperson for RTG 2350 is Prof. Dr Christian Schmal, Medical Director of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the Central Institute for Mental Health.
The researchers of RTG 1953, "Statistical Modeling of Complex Systems and Processes – Advanced Nonparametric Approaches", are working at the intersection of probability theory and statistics. Their goal is to advance basic research in this field. Like in the first funding phase, the RTG offers doctoral researchers an advanced mathematical basis on which a number of application scenarios are built, such as for modelling and analysis of social networks or the shared economy field. The Research Training Group has its spokesperson at the University of Mannheim and will receive DFG funding in the amount of approximately 4,5 million euros. The co-spokesperson from Heidelberg University is Prof. Dr Jan Johannes, a researcher at the Institute of Applied Mathematics.